|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
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We've just come back from a week in Zaandam and Amsterdam, and Pelle's place was a great place to stay.
Six of us stayed (a family of 5 and a friend) and there was plenty of space in a stylishly decorated house that really fit our image of what it would be like in The Netherlands. The local area and the house are exactly as described by Pelle and the welcome from Pelle's friend Farah was warm and she was very informative for first-time visitors to The Netherlands.
Although we didn't get to meet Pelle himself, we did talk to him several times via the HomeAway messaging system, and he was friendly, efficient and helpful - a pleasure to deal with.
The house was well equipped for cooking so we cooked at home a few times.
The nearest supermarket was only a 5 minute walk and the town centre, with some Italian, Spanish Tapas, Greek restaurants, a delicious ice cream shop and a Chinese take away was a 10 minute walk.
Zaandam and the surrounding area north of Amsterdam has a lot of history, so do your homework before you go, and plan to look around. Zaanse Schans was only 10 minutes drive away and we spent a whole day there. Staying at Pelle's house and just heading south into Amsterdam every day would be a real shame. The train fare for an adult costs around 6.50 Euros return to the Central Amsterdam station which we think was a reasonable price to pay to come back to a nice, spacious, quiet house at the end of a busy day, rather than staying in Central Amsterdam.
If we go back to The Netherlands for another holiday (which is quite likely, given how interesting it is and how friendly Dutch people are!) we will definitely be in touch with Pelle again.
I bought a car using the European Delivery Program and wanted a location where I didn't have to worry about public parking. This is an amazing property that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to use Zandaam as a base operations to explore Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The train station is about a 10 minute walk from the house and its only a few stops away from Central Station.
My family of 6 (including 3 teens and a grandma) had the pleasure of staying in Pelle and Viktoria's beautiful home for 3 nights in early June. The house was exactly as pictured. Pelle was out of town when we arrived, but we were met by his friend, Farah, who showed us around and made sure we had all the information we needed for our stay.
We did not have a car, and were able to take the train from the airport to the Zandaam station. The house is a short walk from there. A quick ride (less than 15 minutes) on the Sprinter line got us into the city each day. Zandaam is a nice, quiet place to stay--good markets, shopping and restaurants near the train station. Once back to the house, the neighborhood was quiet and quaint. The house was clean, the kitchen was well-stocked (we didn't do much cooking, but it seemed to have everything one would need.) Exceptionally high marks for the espresso machine--the best coffee we've ever had in a rental!
I would caution readers that the stairs are very steep, especially the ones up to the attic bedroom. This is clearly stated, so I was not surprised, but my 71 year old mother would not even consider going up in the attic. Just something to be aware of. Overall, the house is lovely and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a spacious, comfortable, quiet place in Amsterdam.
Location was perfect! Only 20 minute train ride to Schiphol - 5 minute walk to train station and super easy access to Amsterdam Central (12 minutes). Walking distance to 2 supermarkets and the city centre with wonderful pubs, shops and cafes. Quiet and beautiful residential street.
Property was extremely clean and had great amenities. Comfy beds, modern showers. There were 6 of us so two bathrooms with showers was awesome! 6 people lived very comfortably in this space for a week and the rate is very reasonable.
Everything you need to cook but BBQ was not in great shape and needed to be cleaned before use. Does not have a traditional oven - just a stove top cooker but microwave can be used as a convection oven.
TV and internet were advertised but we could only use one or the other at a time - when we did use the TV picture quality was terrible. Not usually something we'd care about but it was advertised and it was World Cup time.
Internet wifi quality was good.
Setting up things with Pelle before our arrival was great - he answered all of our questions promptly
But we were a bit disappointed about the check in on arrival as Pelle was on vacation (which he told us about), but calling to meet his back up person didn't work out well. We called from the airport several times but the contact didn't answer their phone. We left a message saying we had arrived and were on our way to the house but she never showed up to let us in. Without a phone this proved difficult. Luckily a very helpful neighbour and friend of Pelle's let us in and showed us how everything worked.
We contacted Pelle after we checked in and even though he was on vacation he returned our messages very quickly and provided us with follow ups and information. Even at a distance he was a great host.
We would definitely stay here again! Thank you Pelle!
We absolutely loved our stay in this house! It is a very lovely house and the kitchen is nicely equipped. Parking was great, the neighborhood is beautiful and the host Pelle was wonderful! Everything was so convenient. The train station is right around the corner and everything you would want or need is in the neighborhood. Grocery stores, restaurants etc… We were 6 adults with a 6 year old and a 2 month old so convenience was very important but we needed for nothing. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We loved it!
"We had a fantastic time in Amsterdam and in this lovely home. The owner welcomed us, showed us around the house and explained how things worked. The house is very big and the second bathroom is very nice because it saves a lot of time getting ready in the mornings. The trainstation is just a few minutes walk away and the trains take you to the city very quick! The owner has done a great job in modernising his old townhouse. Amsterdam has so much to see and we are quite sure that we will visit the city and this house again!"
(Text automatically translated) When arriving by car you can enter my address into your navigation system. Street: Boats Makers Street 105 Zip: 1506 TC City: Zaandam When arriving by plane you can take a direct train from Schiphol Airport to Zaandam. The train goes directly 2x per hour at: 16 and: 46. Directions from the station to my house can be found using this link: http://goo.gl/maps/yV7rl Also a taxi transfer can be arranged with Taxi Zaanland. For a regular taxi car the cost for pick up and return costs 80 euros total. A total minibus taxi for pick up and return costs 120 euros. Please Remember That four people easily fit into a normal taxi but not too much luggage will fit in the boot of the car. Let me know if you would like to use the taxi transfer service so I can make reservations for you.
(Text automatically translated) On arrival you will find a directory listing That the shops and restaurants are close to the house, many of the interesting sites and places to see and how everything works in and around the house.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Year end 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$273|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.